Paulding County Probate/Juvenile Court

Welcome to Paulding County Ohio Probate/Juvenile Division of the Paulding County Court of Common Pleas.  We hope you find this website easy to use and find the information contained herein useful.

The Probate Court’s jurisdiction is often times charged with the responsibility of acting in the publics interest and looking out for those that cannot or will not look out for themselves.  It is this philosophy that guides the operation of the Paulding County Probate Court.

The Juvenile Court’s guidelines are as follows:
To provide for the care, protection and mental and physical development of children.

To protect the public interest in removing the consequences of criminal behavior and the taint of criminality from children committing delinquent acts and to substitute, therefore, a program of supervision, care and rehabilitation. To achieve the foregoing purposes whenever possible in a family environment, separating the child from its parents only when necessary for his/her welfare or in the interests of public safety.  And to provide judicial procedures through which the parties are assured a fair hearing where their constitutional and other legal rights are recognized and enforced.

All while keeping with Paulding County’s Motto:  No Compromise.


We promise to serve the citizens of the community with dedication, integrity, and professionalism.  We promise to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Ohio while building healthy communities for healthy youth.  We promise to provide for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of our children who are with the jurisdiction of the court. 

Paulding County Statistics
County seat:  Paulding
Population:   18,845 (2017)
Area:              419 sq. miles

Michael A. Wehrkamp, Judge

Judge Michael A. Wehrkamp was elected to the Paulding County Court of Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Divisions, in 2016.  His current term of office commenced February 9, 2017.

Before his election to the bench, Judge Wehrkamp served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vernon L. Preston of the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals from 2013 to 2017.  From 2009 to 2013, Judge Wehrkamp was an associate attorney at the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Columbus, Ohio.  As an attorney in private practice, Judge Wehrkamp represented clients in all facets of complex commercial litigation.  He practiced in a variety of tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Courts of Appeals, Ohio Courts of Common Pleas, U.S. District Courts, Ohio Reclamation Commission, and Ohio Elections Commission.

Judge Wehrkamp was raised in Paulding County, Ohio.  Upon graduating from Paulding High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Agribusiness and Environmental Economics, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University.  He earned his Juris Doctor summa cum laude from The University of Toledo College of Law.

115 North Williams Street, Suite 202
Paulding, Ohio 45879

Probate Court Phone:  419-399-8256
Juvenile Court Phone:  419-399-8255
Fax:  419-399-8261

Juvenile Probation Office
Phone: 419-399-8262 
Fax:  419-399-8261